|Kate Stone: DJ decks made of... paper - TED.com|
"I love paper, and I love technology," says physicist and former sheep herder Kate Stone, who's spent the past decade working to unite the two. Her experiments combine regular paper with conductive inks and tiny circuit boards to offer a unique, magical experience. To date, applications include a newspaper embedded with audio and video, posters that display energy usage in real time, and the extremely nifty paper drumkit and set of DJ decks she demonstrates onstage.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; design; entertainment; materials; technology; TED2013; 2013
|Michael Green: Why we should build wooden skyscrapers - TED.com|
Building a skyscraper? Forget about steel and concrete, says architect Michael Green, and build it out of … wood. As he details in this intriguing talk, it's not only possible to build safe wooden structures up to 30 stories tall (and, he hopes, higher), it's necessary.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; architecture; design; materials; TED2013; 2013
|Shigeru Ban: Emergency shelters made from paper - TED.com|
Long before sustainability became a buzzword, architect Shigeru Ban had begun his experiments with ecologically-sound building materials such as cardboard tubes and paper. His remarkable structures are often intended as temporary housing, designed to help the dispossessed in disaster-struck nations such as Haiti, Rwanda or Japan. Yet equally often the buildings remain a beloved part of the landscape long after they have served their intended purpose...
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; architecture; disaster relief; materials; TEDxTokyo; 2013
|Suzanne Lee: Grow your own clothes - TED.com|
Designer Suzanne Lee shares her experiments in growing a kombucha-based material that can be used like fabric or vegetable leather to make clothing. The process is fascinating, the results are beautiful (though there's still one minor drawback ...) and the potential is simply stunning.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2011; TED; Talks; biology; biotech; creativity; design; materials; technology; 2011
|Robert Full: Learning from the gecko's tail - TED.com|
Biologist Robert Full studies the amazing gecko, with its supersticky feet and tenacious climbing skill. But high-speed footage reveals that the gecko's tail harbors perhaps the most surprising talents of all.
Keywords: TedTalks; TED; Talks; animals; biology; biomechanics; design; materials; robots; technology; TED2009; 2009
|Luca Turin on the science of scent - TED.com|
What's the science behind a sublime perfume? With charm and precision, biophysicist Luca Turin explains the molecular makeup -- and the art -- of a scent.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2005; TED; Talks; beauty; happiness; materials; science; technology; 2005
|Joe Smith: How to use a paper towel - TED.com|
You use paper towels to dry your hands every day, but chances are, you're doing it wrong. In this enlightening and funny short talk, Joe Smith reveals the trick to perfect paper towel technique.
Keywords: TedTalks; TED; Talks; TEDxFeatured; entertainment; green; hack; humor; materials; simplicity; tedx; TEDxConcordiaUPortland; 2012
|Christopher Deam restyles the Airstream - TED.com|
In this low-key, image-packed talk from 2002, designer Christopher C. Deam talks about his makeover of an American classic: the Airstream travel trailer.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2002; TED; Talks; creativity; design; exploration; materials; transportation; 2002
|Doris Kim Sung: Metal that breathes - TED.com|
Modern buildings with floor-to-ceiling windows give spectacular views, but they require a lot of energy to cool. Doris Kim Sung works with thermo-bimetals, smart materials that act more like human skin, dynamically and responsively, and can shade a room from sun and self-ventilate.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; architecture; art; climate change; design; invention; materials; sustainability; technology; TEDxUSC; 2012
|Neil Gershenfeld on Fab Labs - TED.com|
MIT professor Neil Gershenfeld talks about his Fab Lab -- a low-cost lab that lets people build things they need using digital and analog tools. It's a simple idea with powerful results.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2006; TED; Talks; computers; culture; engineering; invention; materials; science; social change; technology; third world; 2006
|Zach Kaplan and Keith Schacht demo toys from the future - TED.com|
The Inventables guys, Zach Kaplan and Keith Schacht, demo some amazing new materials and how we might use them. Look for squishy magnets, odor-detecting ink, "dry" liquid and a very surprising 10-foot pole.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2005; TED; Talks; business; creativity; design; industrial design; invention; materials; science; smell; technology; toy; 2005
|Saul Griffith on everyday inventions - TED.com|
Inventor and MacArthur fellow Saul Griffith shares some innovative ideas from his lab -- from "smart rope" to a house-sized kite for towing large loads.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2006; TED; Talks; MacArthur grant; arts; collaboration; design; innovation; invention; materials; open-source; product design; technology; 2006
|Ray Anderson on the business logic of sustainability - TED.com|
At his carpet company, Ray Anderson has increased sales and doubled profits while turning the traditional "take / make / waste" industrial system on its head. In a gentle, understated way, he shares a powerful vision for sustainable commerce.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2009; TED; Talks; business; design; environment; green; materials; poetry; sustainability; technology; 2009